Vo, Vivier and Guan Win George Hannon Junior Invitational
Briefly: Keaton Vo of Austin wins the Boys 15-18 Division at the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual following a final round 6-under-par 65 at The University of Texas Golf Club. Nicole Vivier of Austin cards a final round 2-under-par 69 and wins the Girls 12-18 Division, while Irving’s Henry Guan captures the Boys 14 & Under title.
1) Keaton Vo Austin 68-65 | 133
2) Trevor Algya Highland Village 72-67 | 139
3) Andrew Tan Austin 71-69 | 140
1) Nicole Vivier Austin 70-69 | 139
2) Darrelyn Webster Austin 73-68 | 141
3) Alexa Saldana Naucalpan 69-73 | 142
Boys 14 & Under
1) Henry Guan Irving 73-68 | 141
2) Trenton Mierl Austin 73-69 | 142
3) Rhett O’Rear Plano 72-72 | 144
Golf Course: The University of Texas Golf Club was built in 2003 and designed by Bechtol Russell Golf Course Design. The par-71 championship golf course stretches across the Texas Hill Country and overlooks Lake Austin. The 7,412-yard layout offers challenging shots and some of the best views in Austin. It is the home of the University of Texas Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams and has played host to the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual four times. The final round was contested at 6,900 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division; 5,842 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division and 6,301 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
Weather: The temperature reached 102 degrees with winds reaching 10 mph out of the southwest.
Winner’s Info: Keaton Vo of Austin began the final round one stroke ahead of the field. The 2022 University of Texas commit never lost the lead and in fact, lengthened that lead on Tuesday. His 6-under 65 in the final round was the lowest score of the tournament and he won his division by six strokes.
“It was a great round,” Vo said. “I knew starting a little late, it was going to be a little more windy and if I can just keep it in play, I will be able to give myself some birdie looks, and I converted on those today which was nice.”
The junior at Chaparral Star Academy had a bogey-free final round. He carded six birdies, three on each side, and finished with a par on the par-4 eighteenth to get to 9-under 133 overall. Last Month, Vo verbally committed to the University of Texas Class for 2022 and he is excited to continue to play his home track in the future.
“This win is huge for me,” Vo said. “It’s an honor to be a Longhorn and I kind of had to protect my territory this week, which was what I did, and I am just happy to add another title to my record book and to UT.”
In the Girls 12-18 Division, Nicole Vivier of Austin took care of business in her final tournament as a junior golfer. The incoming Southern Methodist University freshman fired a bogey-free 69 in the final round to win by two strokes.
“It means a lot, Vivier said. “It’s just a great way to cap off my junior career and it gives me some good momentum going into college. I am just really excited, and I know that I will bring good golf into college.”
Vivier, a local Austinite, said she was in full control and played “boring golf” on Tuesday leaving herself a lot of easy pars. She was the only player in the Girls Division to post both rounds under- par.
“I hit my wedges really well, so I knew if I just put myself in the fairway, I was going to get inside 15-feet every time and get myself looks at birdie,” Vivier said. “If I missed the birdie I was like a foot away.”
In his debut on the Legends Junior Tour, Henry Guan of Irving won the Boys 14 & Under Division. He carded a 2-over 73 in Round 1 and trailed by one stroke heading into Tuesday’s round. The 12-year-old carded four birdies in the final round, bringing him to 1-under 141 overall to win by one stroke.
“This is my first Legends Junior Tour (event), so to actually win your first is almost like an accomplishment and a dream to actually win it on this course where Jordan Spieth played at,” Guan said.
In Contention: Trevor Algya of Highland Village carded a final round 4-under 67 and finished solo second and six shots back in the Boys 15-18 Division. Andrew Tan of Austin finished solo third at 2-under 140. Sam Dossey of Austin finished solo fourth at 1-under 141. Andrew Spaulding of Spring, Jay Pabin of Lucas, Truett Burns of Fredericksburg and Key Coker of Dallas all finished tied fifth at even-par 142.
Darrelyn Webster of Austin carded a final round 3-under 68 and finished solo second and two shots back in the Girls 12-18 Division. Alexa Saldana of Mexico finished solo third at even-par 142. Gabbi Bentancourt of Frisco and Mimi Burton of Austin rounded out the top-5 at 2-over 144.
Trenton Mierl of Austin, the 2019 George Hannon Junior Invitational 14 & Under Division champion, finished second at even par overall. Rhett O’Rear of Plano finished solo third at 2-over 144. Bowen Ballis of Shenandoah and Daniel Macias of Austin rounded out the top-5 at 4-over 146 in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
What’s Next: The Legends Junior Tour season continues with the Volunteers of America Classic Girls’ Match Play Championship at Old American Golf Club in The Colony September 4-6. You can view the entire Legends Junior Tour calendar here.
More Info: The Legends Junior Tour extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of UT Golf Club, the George Hannon Society and our volunteers for their integral part in making the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual a memorable and successful event. For more information on the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual, click here.
Keaton Vo Leads Boys 15-18 Division at George Hannon Junior Invitational
Briefly: Keaton Vo of Austin leads the Boys 15-18 Division at the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual following a 3-under-par 68 in Round 1 at The University of Texas Golf Club. Mimi Burton of Austin and Alexa Saldana of Naucalpan, Mexico are tied for the lead in the Girls 12-18 Division with opening rounds of 2-under 69, while Plano’s Rhett O’Rear fires a 1-over 72 to lead the Boys 14 & Under Division by one stroke.
1) Keaton Vo Austin 68
2) Andrew Spaulding Spring 69
T3) Blake Moreno Austin 70
T3) Kevin Watts Colleyville 70
T3) Kellan McGinnis Austin 70
T3) Jeffrey Zatorski Houston 70
T1) Mimi Burton Austin 69
T1) Alexa Saldana Naucalpan 69
T3) Nicole Vivier Austin 70
T3) Julia Vollmer San Antonio 70
Boys 14 & Under
1) Rhett O’Rear Plano 72
T2) Trenton Mierl Austin 73
T2) Henry Guan Irving 73
T2) Daniel Macias Austin 73
Golf Course: The University of Texas Golf Club was built in 2003 and designed by Bechtol Russell Golf Course Design. The par-71 championship golf course stretches across the Texas Hill Country and overlooks Lake Austin. The 7,412-yard layout offers challenging shots and some of the best views in Austin. It is the home of the University of Texas Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams and has played host to the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual five times. Round 1 was contested at 6,900 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division; 5,842 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division and 6,301 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
Weather: The temperature reached 101 degrees with winds reaching 12 mph out of the south.
In Contention: Keaton Vo of Austin carded an opening round 3-under-par 69. The 2022 University of Texas commit made the turn at 2-under. He birdied the par-3 sixteenth and the par-4 seventeenth and closed out Monday’s round with a par on the par-4 eighteenth to lead the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke. Vo looks to win his first Legends Junior Tour event in the Boys 15-18 Division on his home course and future college stomping grounds.
“It’s a tough course so you just got to take what it gives you sometimes,” Vo said. “I am lucky enough to play a lot of times here so I can just trust my game and trust my shots and hopefully it will pay off.”
Andrew Spaulding of Spring sits solo second after carding a 2-under 69. Blake Moreno of Austin, Kevin Watts of Colleyville, Kellan McGinnis of Austin and Jeffrey Zatorski of Houston are all tied third at 1-under 70.
In the Girls 12-18 Division, Mimi Burton of Austin and Alexa Saldana of Naucalpan, Mexico are tied for the lead at 2-under 69. Burton, a sophomore at Vandegrift High School, had a bogey-free back nine and carded three birdies in Monday’s round. Saldana started and finished strong carding 1-under on each nine. She carded five birdies in the first round. Both will look to take home their first Legends Junior Tour win in tomorrow’s final round.
Austin local and incoming Southern Methodist freshman commit Nicole Vivier is tied third with San Antonio’s Julia Vollmer at 1-under 70. Gabbi Bentancourt of Frisco sits solo fifth at even par. Two players in the Girls 12-18 Division are tied sixth at 1-over 72.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Rhett O’Rear of Plano fired a 1-over 72 in Monday’s first round. The 13-year-old had a steady round and birdied the hardest hole on the golf course, the par-4 fifth. He holds a one shot lead in his division.
Trenton Mierl of Austin, Henry Guan of Irving and Daniel Macias of Austin are tied second at 2-over 73. Five players are tied fifth at 4-over 75.
What’s Next: Final Round tee times start Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 tee at UT Golf Club.
More Info: For more information on the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual, click here.
Serena Shah Wins Women’s Stroke Play Championship
Briefly: Serena Shah of Carrollton won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship after a final round 5-over-par 77 at Crown Colony Country Club. The Southern Methodist University junior finished at 8-over overall and one stroke better than the field. Nancy Beck of Dallas and Olive Henry of Ennis are co-champions for the First Flight, winning the flight by four strokes. Beck carded a 12-over 84 and Henry carded a 15-over 87 in the final round. Xuesong Hollier of Tomball won the Second Flight by nine strokes after rounds of 94-93-87.
1) Serena Shah Carrollton 76-71-77 | 224
2) Zoe Paige Slaughter Houston 75-77-73 | 225
3) Jennie Park Carrollton 76-74-77 | 227
4) Nicole Vivier Austin 76-76-78 | 230
5) Brooke Nolte Melissa 80-74-77 | 231
T6) Amelia McKee Spring 77-78-77 | 232
T6) Madison Freeman Spring 76-80-76 | 232
T6) Hailey Jones Dallas 75-79-78 | 232
Golf Course: Nestled in the tall pines of East Texas, Crown Colony Country Club originally opened for play in 1979. The beautiful and challenging layout located in Lufkin is a Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin design that has been rated by Golfweek as one of the top destination golf courses in Texas. The 18-hole championship golf course has played host to eight TGA Major Championships (the 1982 and 1988 Texas Amateur, 1989 and 2007 Women’s Texas Amateur, 1994 Texas Mid-Amateur, 1983 Texas Senior Amateur and the 2012 and 2017 Texas Four-Ball). Now, it adds the Women’s Stroke Play Championship to its decorated history. The Final Round was contested at 6,052 yards for the Championship Division.
Weather: The temperature reached 89 degrees with steady winds at 5 mph out of the northwest.
Winner’s Info: Shah fired a 5-over 77 in the final round to post 8-over for the championship and win by one stroke. The Southern Methodist University junior remained near the top of the leaderboard throughout the entirety of the championship and found the number one spot late in the second round. Although Zoe Paige Slaughter gave it a good run carding a 1-over-par 72 in her final round, Shah maintained her composure and stuck to her game plan of keeping it simple. This is Shah’s first Women’s Stroke Play Championship win.
“This is a really tough course and it’s tight off the fairway, so just going in with the same mentality I did from the practice round to the first round to the second round was just to keep things simple,” Shah said. “Hit the fairway, hit the green and two putt from there.”
Shah completed the last four holes of her second round on Saturday morning. Not too long after that, she kicked off her Final Round at 10:24 a.m. She carded a 2-over 38 on the front nine and started off with three bogeys at the turn. Although the back side didn’t start as planned, she finished her round strong with birdie-par-par.
“Everything was going pretty well on the front nine and then on the back nine I had a little trouble,” Shah said. “I had a couple bogeys on 10, 11 and 12 and then I think the real turning point was on 16 where I had a birdie putt that I made from 8 feet and that just kind of helped with my momentum going into the last 2 holes. I think that really helped just finish off the last three holes in a good style.”
In Contention: Zoe Paige Slaughter of Houston posted a 9-over 224 for the championship and finished solo second. Jennie Park of Carrollton finished at 11-over to take third. Nicole Vivier of Austin carded a 14-over 230 to take fourth. Brooke Nolte finished at 15-over 231 to take solo fifth. Three players in the Championship Division tied sixth at 16-over 232.
What’s Next: The 2020 season continues with the Women’s Four-Ball at Midland Country Club in Midland August 10-11. You can view the entire Texas Golf Association calendar here.
More Info: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Crown Colony Country Club as well as our volunteers for their integral part in making the Women’s Stroke Play Championship a memorable and successful event. For more information on the Women’s Stroke Play Championship, click here.